“A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3 “Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus “Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world.
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Very Positive (328 reviews) - 85% of the 328 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (12,174 reviews) - 83% of the 12,174 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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April 7

HTS2 - Twitch Integration, Elite Quests & New NPC/Zombies

Hello Survivors!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=656582944
We have made quite a few changes to How to Survive 2 since we last spoke! I am stopping by with a few key points to tempt you to try out our newest game in Early Access:

  • Female avatars
  • Boss mobs
  • Local Co-op AND Multiplayer together! Yes, together, up to 16 people can play at once.
  • Traps and defensive buildings
  • Night Crawlers
  • Elite quests
  • Kovac Challenges
  • New items & crafting recipes
  • New NPC and zombies
  • More areas to explore
  • Twitch Integration

For previous owners of the game there is a nice set of Primal Fear armor awaiting you in Kovac's bunker in your private chest!

Pick up a copy and join me in making the world safe once more!

-Kovac

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January 29

Local Coop is LIVE on How to Survive 2!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=606107752

Hey Survivors!

I just wanted to let you know that we have released local coop in How to Survive 2! Below is a few tidbits to tempt you:

  • Up to 4 players can play in local Coop ! (in both offline and online camps)
  • HTS2 Aiming system removed - Aiming system works, now, like in HTS1
  • New recipes added: leather straps (player), super poultices and Medikits (Chemical lab)
  • A bottle of water can be found in Kovac's bunker, for the most thirsty of you
  • You can read the full patch notes here

Not only that, How to Survive 2 is on Steam sale for 30% off! (ends Sunday January 31, 2016)

And if that didn't get your attention, you will receive this awesome Winter Hat with your new purchase until the end of February. Not only will you be cute while slaughtering zombies, this hat has a nice blood resistant coating in case you get too close!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=594683108

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Reviews

“How To Survive is more than just a solid zombie role-playing game, it's also one of the best games of the year. With its mix of Diablo-esque hack and slash and dual-stick shooter action, 505 Games' newest Xbox Live Arcade game is a real surprise. It has a deep crafting system and a world you can't help but want to explore. How To Survive rewrites the book on zombie RPGs!”
90% – Gaming Nexus

“While there have been several games that have recently released that fall into the growing zombie survival genre, How to Survive manages to do enough differently to earn its place among the crowd. The game’s strong emphasis on crafting and juggling basic human needs helps distinguish itself from other titles. Additionally, the story campaign features a tale that manages to contain a few plot twists despite its simplicity. One area where How to Survive shines is the game’s strange brand of humor which is helped along by the title’s decent voice acting. In all, How to Survive is recommended to any fans of either the undead or survival simulators. Those who enjoy intricate crafting or top-down gaming should also give it a look.”
4 Stars – Examiner

“In terms of graphic and sound design, How to Survive looks good and sounds even better. The lighting gives real-time shadows based on not only the source but the time of day as the shadows move with the passing sunlight. The island is beautifully rendered, and animations are fluid and zombie deaths are pleasingly gory, chunks of body parts will liter the ground and roll depending on the shape of the surface”
8/10 – Gamer Horizon

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Also remember that if you own How to Survive 1 there is special gift waiting for you!


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Survivor Loyalty Item: “Primal Fear” Armor Set.

If you are already a survivor who’s got How to Survive or How to Survive: Third Person Standalone on Steam, we welcome you back with a very special treat: the “Primal Fear” armor set!
A set of protective gear finely crafted out of the best bones and scrap metal that can be found in the dumpster. Made by master Survivalist Kovac himself, it promises to keep bites and scratches to a minimum while displaying a distinctive Swamp-chic style!
Join Early Access now, slip it on and knock’em dead!

About This Game

  • A real Gem” – Destructoid at E3

  • Offers a different experience for zombie game veterans” – Co-Optimus

  • Has a lot more going for it than smashing brains and gory, red goo ... With a surprisingly deep crafting system” – GamesRadar

You're shipwrecked on an isolated island, a desperate castaway in a total freakshow world. How will you survive? [/b]


Collect the pages of a Survival Guide and figure it out, of course! Find food, water, and shelter before you perish. Uh oh, is it getting dark? Figure out how to get through the night! While you’re at it, gather up some of this awesome stuff and piece together over 100 handmade weapons and tools—from shotguns to Molotov cocktails. Now you can defend yourself and your friends like a boss!

• Choose one of the three playable characters, each with different characteristics and skill trees.

• Explore four islands filled with unique flora and fauna and a variety of abhorrent monstrosities.

Collect “Survival guide” video chapters to learn tips that will save your life!

Play with a friend offline through the story mode or go online and play with a friend through 8 demanding challenges..

• Try the “Iron Man” difficulty for a demanding hardcore game experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Ati 5700 series/NVIDIA GeForce GT240 or equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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MysticReptileBoy #HISSSSS
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Best zombie game i've played, almost, but it is actually the best because i bought it 17 euros cheaper.
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Exodus
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Survival and comedy in one game SO EPIC
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paranoid_puppy
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Not the best RPG on the market. The quests are kind of dry and the skill tree is a joke. On easy your hero is kind of broken, so there's no chalange what so ever (just go from point a to b mostly and kill some zombies in between). Yet I'm having fun with it. It's a cheesy surviaval-zombie game. I enjoy killing zombies and crafting weapons and the surviaval aspect (again if you're not going for the easiest difficulty) is not bad implemented. I'm also fond of the humor in it. The Kovack Guides are fun and his rushian accent cracks me up. (+the cat quest) If it's on sale go for it (I myselve got it really cheap with the dlc included).
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JukePanzer
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
recommend play with dlc's
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zoubin1991
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
怎么联机啊
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Galuh.AK
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
zombie2 .
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PenaN
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
It's ok. It's not worth the full price but when it has an discount it's worth it. The multiplayer could've been better. For example you can just play with one other person, and you two have to share the same screen wich is ♥♥♥♥ing annoying. The only reason I have this game is because How To Survive - Storm Warning Edition had an 90% discount.
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M8
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
it's good game :D
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Luv2Kill
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I know i don't have much time logged. That being said i can tell just from the bit i have played this is going to be fun. Just died for the first time due to something in the water. Path of Exile meets Zombie survival game.... plays very well. controls and ui are a bit different but easy to get used to. nice crafting system. glad to see some sort of talent tree involved. very very well worth the $15. However, snagged this great game for $1.50.... get it while its cheap!
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P.C. Luke
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Seriously I found this game really repetitive after 3~4 hrs gameplay(did enjoy at the begining) and finally gave up when i got the frustrating quest from the drunk pilot who required me go get his stuff spreading all over the island.. gotta say it gradually got off topic late in the main story and all i've been doing is just killing zombies(of which i soon got tired and started dodging them) instead of surviving as a castaway but a mass killer LOL. Plus the story seems quite intriguing at the very start but turns out to be sort of weak( I can pretty much guess Kovac is THE bad guy at first glance i mean what kind of normal dude would wear a gas mask around and be so deft at handcrafting(making weapons etc.) unless he's a frenzy lunatic LOL)..Well meh i guess ive lost the momentum to continue but just been browsing steam store and found the early access for a sequel.. This is a not bad game but still hope they are making progress to improve the cons :D
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d'Executive..
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I enjoy playing it.. worth every penny especially with this discount price :D my advise play with consol..enjoyyy :P
+zombie fun
+zombie love
+zombie life
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Dust
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
The Sims 4: Zombie Apocalypse
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Flynn Scifo
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
this is how to survive game ! lets play !
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Heisenburg
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I bought this game for me and my friend cause its on sale

I don't recomend this for Co-op its annoying especially the part where it keeps on pausing saying "Waiting for Players"

But the singleplayer game its good though I recomend for those who are lone wolf

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Couy
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Other than the FREAKING AWFUL multiplayer camera, I love this game!
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♂Jeb Is a Mess♂
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is the 9/11 of the zombie games
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warrenrowley01
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
best game ever
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
There is plenty of truth to what people are saying about the story mode / vanilla game being incredibly dry, fetch quest ridden, and poorly designed both from a character growth and survival mechanics standpoint; as well as the complaints about buggy online mode and the general lack of difficulty.

*however*

The Challenge and One Shot Escape modes are fair challenging and reasonably engaging, and imo make better use of the survival mechanics.

My advice is not to get the vanilla game and to go for the DLC package when it's on sale and enjoy a some play time with a roomie or significant other (basically someone that you see every day that you can just like, casually pick up and play games with) and to not take the game too seriously.

Must-play if you like quirky, stupid, and broken games.
The ragdoll physic glitches will have you in stitches ~
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
How to Survive has a little crafting in it, a little bit of RPG elements, and the story is entertaining.

Crafting and scavanging while surviving as the only survivor of a shipwreck on an island crawling with not just the undead, but also other survivors and wild life is quite fun.

You actually have to make sure you stay well fed and hydrated while also sleeping for a few hours every now and then, otherwise you will end up with little to no energy while fighting the zombies and that means less damage is dealt. Also, there are slightly more horrific zombies that only come out at night, but these are thankfully very sensitive to light so if you have a torch or flashlight, you will be able to keep them as far away from you as possible.

Of course, you are able to craft your very own weapons and armor from the stuff you can find around the islands and these makeshift items will provide a much needed edge in your struggle to survive and maybe even escape these crazy islands.

How to Survive is a great game and I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
So, I played 3 hours of this.

It is a nice game. I bought it in sale for 2.19 the whole pack which was worth 21.99.
I think I got more then what I payed for. 2 first hours I discovered the game. Good mechanics. The fights are interresting. One of the best part for me is the "crafting side" and as I've not even been through more than two hours, I guess it is gonna be even better.
The third hour, I decided to start again now that I understood the basics of the game. This hapens in most action/RPG

I've only played solo. I gotta say, I'm playing on easiest difficulty and it is still somewhat difficult. The first boss killed me twice before I butchered him.

I intend to play online, but for now, I'm pretty pleased with the games.

To rectify, I payed 2.19 for this(Full content with DLC). I haven't even tried the two other game modes that comes with it (Challenge and Barricade, I believe) For that price, I recommend it to anyone.

For the full price, I would make no recommendation, still need to try it more.
But if you like a good Hack'n'slash thrown more into survival/crafting than adventure/action, it may be for you.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I bought this game 2 hours ago because it was on a massive discount and the game has some pretty good reviews. I will try to write as honest and as unbiased as I can:

melee combat - boring
range combat - basically can't miss = bland

exploration - linear (therefore non existence)
crafting - combinations already set out and therefore you never really need to figure things out
quests - typical "fetch this" "go there" kind of missions
skill tree - very very dull

camera - weird camera angles and is unadjustable
graphics - actually pretty nice, i thought it was actually pretty well done
enemies - too easy, just hordes of the same zombies, nighttime creatures are a joke! (it would be more tense if flashlights and torches could run out of batteries/fuel)

overall, i'm requesting a steam refund. this isn't really an exploration, survival game at all. its a hack 'n slash, platforming-like game.

3/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 7
A Reposted review from roughnecks that I thought matched my opinion.

Personal Rating: I'm having fun killing zombies and running for my life
Classic Rating: ★★★★★

Pros:

✓ Story and characters (main game has 3 but you can add Nina with a DLC): You have to escape alive from some zombies' infested Islands. Every character has their onw skills, perks and final attack blows.
✓ Gameplay: very well implemented twin stick shooter from a top-down perspective.
✓ Crafting system: one of the best aspect of this game, you get many different ways to craft items, stuff and food.
✓ Weapons: lots of weapons. My favourites are bow and boomerang - you can fire feathered and fire arrows with the bow, while the boomerang is very useful with a few enemies (it hits when coming back too and you don't waste "bullets").
✓ Graphics: I find this game to be very detailed and aestetically pleasant.
✓ Sound effects are a bit reapeating over the time but they help a lot to understand incoming enemies.

Cons:

✘ Lots of quests require you to go searching for some missing "part" and go back once you get it - I'm not really complaining though.
✘ It's a bit hard to find items scattered on the ground if you don't walk over them (that's how a popup appears and tells you what you found).
✘ Saves are a bit tricky because you only get one slot, so you have to be very careful - if you save in a bad moment you may compromise all the campaign. Also, you can only save manually inside bunkers, but this point adds up to the survival theme.

Highly Recommended; sold quite often in massive discounts, just wait for the right moment.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
After playing this game I wish it would have taught me how to not survive anymore
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
A great game! One of the classics of our time!

Grab it with all dlcs and you will have a blast!
(Don´t mind my ours here, I played it on consoles)

Then, grab the second one, which is even better!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Amazing game,if you play with female character it feel like you play tomb raider zombie apocalypse edition inside of diablo lol
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 10
Short game but very much a joyful experience!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Bought the game on sale for a 1.49. I cant be any more happier with my purchase. Game is a steal at that price! Love the mechanics and simplicity of crafting. Story mode is not bad. Overall pretty fun game at a next to nothing price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I enjoy playing it.. worth every penny especially with this discount price :D my advise play with consol..enjoyyy :P
+zombie fun
+zombie love
+zombie life
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I know i don't have much time logged. That being said i can tell just from the bit i have played this is going to be fun. Just died for the first time due to something in the water. Path of Exile meets Zombie survival game.... plays very well. controls and ui are a bit different but easy to get used to. nice crafting system. glad to see some sort of talent tree involved. very very well worth the $15. However, snagged this great game for $1.50.... get it while its cheap!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Seriously I found this game really repetitive after 3~4 hrs gameplay(did enjoy at the begining) and finally gave up when i got the frustrating quest from the drunk pilot who required me go get his stuff spreading all over the island.. gotta say it gradually got off topic late in the main story and all i've been doing is just killing zombies(of which i soon got tired and started dodging them) instead of surviving as a castaway but a mass killer LOL. Plus the story seems quite intriguing at the very start but turns out to be sort of weak( I can pretty much guess Kovac is THE bad guy at first glance i mean what kind of normal dude would wear a gas mask around and be so deft at handcrafting(making weapons etc.) unless he's a frenzy lunatic LOL)..Well meh i guess ive lost the momentum to continue but just been browsing steam store and found the early access for a sequel.. This is a not bad game but still hope they are making progress to improve the cons :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I have only played this for about approx 5 minutes as of writing this review. But I have one thing to say. IF I EVER FIND THAT F*CKING PARROT THAT KEEPS SAYING "HI" TO ME EVERY FEW SECONDS I WILL SHOVE THAT HI UP ITS F*CKING ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AND STRANGLE IT TO DEATH AND EAT IT

Oh... yeah its a decent game so far

Edit: About 100 mins into the game and i finally found the f*cking parrot. It gave me a quest to find it fruit..... What the ♥♥♥♥ is this game.....
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Not bad, it has a nice difficulty curve, a blast with a friend, and (spoiler ) the boomerang is an instrument of god.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Very interesting and funny game, recommended for playing co-op.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This game... Holy sheit I love it
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I don't know if the game is worth the full price but they do have sales often so wait to buy it then I say. I find this game more funny than challenging and clever as well. The crafting system is genuine and makes sense. I found a bit funny and weird about how Kovac has guides strewed about. The whole thing to me seems humorous, if you like zombies and a good luagh, get it, but I recomend on a sale.

Here's a video on my first try with the game:

https://youtu.be/_WaH0oK_qsw
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Other than the FREAKING AWFUL multiplayer camera, I love this game!
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